Community Development

We are committed to upholding Marae/ Hapū rangatiratanga and assisting them to collectively plan, develop and manage resources. Over recent years Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga has been involved with several projects and the development of key strategies, including those undertaken by local and regional councils that have provided the opportunity for Māori to identify and articulate their needs and aspirations.

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga recognises that as the region has been growing, so too has the maturity of its Māori constituents, their organisations, communities, Marae and Hapū.

Māori represent a significant and fast-growing proportion of the Hawke's Bay population and in recognition of the historical, contemporary and future needs of Māori, Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga has invested in the establishment of a Māori Community Development Unit.

Te Manaaki Taiao is a strategically focused and sustainable regional unit to:

Support Marae/ Hapū in their role as kaitiaki in managing and responding to development needs, aspirations and pressures

Coordinate the ongoing identification and prioritisation of Māori development objectives and goals

Facilitate the integration of Māori strategic priorities into regional development strategy with local and government stakeholders

Provide liaison, advisory and consultancy services to Marae/ Hapū and local government in accordance with the Resource Management Act 1991, Local Government Act 2002 and their subsequent amendments

Te Manaaki Taiao will work closely with Marae/ Hapū and Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga partners to ensure Māori values are incorporated into long term strategies and plans for this region, resulting in mutually beneficial collaboration and tangible outcomes.

Te Manaaki Taiao is now considered as a respected contributer to environmental decision-making by Hawke's Bay local authorities, with the release of a substantial research report relating to the lower Tukituki River Catchment.

The report, Cultural Values and Uses of the Tukituki Catchment, examines a multitude of historic, cultural and Treaty issues relating to the river and addresses the disconnection between the Maori world view and official practices around decision-making about the care and development of the river.

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